Stereotypes and symbols of the UK



According to Stolley (2005), the term culture is used to refer to “all of the ideas, beliefs, behaviours and products common to, and defining, a group’s way of life” (p. 41). This group sharing a certain culture is, in turn, what we usually understand by society (cf. p. 43). The main objective of this activity is precisely to analyse the ways in which both the culture and society of a given nation —the United Kingdom (UK)— are externally perceived by taking into consideration the stereotypes and symbols to which it is commonly attached. Cook and Cusack (2010) define the term stereotype as “a generalized view or preconception of attributes or characteristics possessed by […] a particular group” (p. 9), while a symbol can be described as “something that stands for, represents, or signifies something else in a particular culture” (Stolley, 2005, p. 47).  Through this task, we will explore the stereotypes and symbols widely perceived as representative of the UK. 

Cook, R. & Cusack, S. (2010). Gender stereotyping: Transnational legal perspectives. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Stoley, K. (2005). The Basics of sociology. London: Greenwood Press.



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